Katy FFA Gearing Up for 81st Annual Katy Rodeo in February
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Katy FFA Gearing Up for 81st Annual Katy Rodeo in February

January 18 2024

Katy FFA students are hard at work as they prepare for the 81st annual Katy FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo (KFLSR), set to kick off in mid-February.

With special events starting Tuesday, February 13, KFLSR rodeo performances will open to the public at the W.E. Billy Morgan Rodeo Arena located on the grounds of the Gerald D. Young Agricultural Sciences Center on Thursday, February 15 at 7:00 PM. The Rodeo will run for three consecutive days, starting at 7:00 PM each day with a parade at Rhodes Stadium on Saturday, February 17 at 9:30 AM.

This year, the parade theme will be "Tried & True.....Red, White, & Blue," with Don and Ida Fay Elder as Parade Marshals. Don served as the Mayor of the City of Katy from 2007 to 2013 and remains an active supporter of the community, particularly with the Special Olympics and local senior citizens. With deep roots in Katy, Don, Ida Fay and their son, Shane, are all graduates of Katy High School.

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The Katy Rodeo has been a long-standing symbol in Katy, and an integral part of Katy's history since 1943. As a nonprofit, the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo Association, Inc. (KFLSRA) consists of Katy area business leaders, current and former FFA parents, and other volunteers who work together to support agricultural education within Katy ISD through the Katy Rodeo. Held in conjunction with the school district's annual FFA livestock show, local organizations like the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and local VFW post are integral to the success of this highly anticipated event, operating the carnival, concession stands and ticket stands, respectively.

From bull riding to barrel racing, calf roping to Mutton Bustin, and livestock shows to agricultural mechanics show, there's something for everyone. With a carnival, parade and plenty of delicious food, this rodeo is the perfect place for families to enjoy the time-honored rodeo tradition close to home while supporting students in Katy ISD.

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Each year, KFLSRA donates an average of $65,000 to Katy ISD FFA chapters and Special Needs Rodeo. In addition, the 2024 KFLSRA scholarship rewards students for their involvement in project work, leadership and career development, the community, and various other individual and team activities. In 2023, student livestock projects raised a record-breaking $945,000 at auction, $130,000 more than the preceding year. Scholarship recipients in 2023 included Mia Moderski from Cinco Ranch High School and Madailein Fitch from James E. Taylor High School.

To learn more about the Katy FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo, please visit katyrodeo.org.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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